I gave this handmade felt owl brooch away, and I miss the cute little guy. In his memory, I am making more Spring-y owls as key-chains and brooches, and hope to share them with you in the near future.
To make felt owls like this one you need:
- Card stock and pencil (to create a template)
- Seed beads
- Buttons or wooden beads
- Thread and needle (black – to string the beads and sew the nose and tummy)
- Thick cotton twine (white), with thick needle
- Brooch fittings OR safety pin (to sew to the owl’s back)
- Stuffing (like cotton)
- Freehand the silhouette of an owl onto some card stock but try and make it as symmetrical as possible.
- Cut out the owl shape and use it as a template. Place the template on a folded piece of felt and trace the shape onto the felt.
- Cut the folded felt carefully to get two identical owl shapes.
- On the front part sew a V-shaped felt piece for the beak, and a U-shaped felt piece for the tummy.
- Sew on an O-shaped bead border around the tummy.
- Sew on the Eyes (two wooden beads).
- Sew the brooch findings to the “right side” of the other felt piece.
- Start stitching both owl-shaped pieces together by using a blanket stitch – and stuff some cotton in before stitching the owl closed.
The last thing you can do is add a tiny dot of cement glue or any white glue to the twine after you cut it and secure it to the back of the owl so it won’t show.
Making a felt owl is an enjoyable exercise, especially that each owl will have a charterer of its own. Making mistakes while you are stitching is also OK; it adds to the glamor of this handmade piece!
For more Blanket Stitch tutorials, check out these blogs:
- Birds Of A ‘Fabric’ Are Flocking Together Here This Week! (nittensandpatches.wordpress.com)
- owls! (modflowers.wordpress.com)
- PikuHibu Plush Felt and Velour Handmade Owl & Importance of Buying Handmade (pikuhibu.wordpress.com)
- Vintage & Handmade Treasures (designedbymafia.wordpress.com)
- Owls, Wool and Other Lovely Things (04/07/13) (jennieanydots.wordpress.com)